Reduce Food WasteHome CompostingCommercial Food Waste ICAW 2024

40% of food in the United States goes to waste! The waste

  • begins on farms
  • continues in transport and processing of food, and
  • peaks at retail and restaurant facilities
  • but it doesn’t stop there…

Americans waste the equivalent of one of every four bags of groceries they bring home. Fortunately, there are lots of easy, money-saving ways to:

  • recycle food scraps with Emmet County Recycling.
  • recycle food scraps at home
  • reclaim or redirect food that might otherwise go to waste and/or
  • reduce your food waste

To make it easy to get started, we have developed the following (with support from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation):

Of course, to “close the loop” and benefits gardens, compost is available for sale bagged and in bulk at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.

Tools for Managing Food Waste at Home

Home Composting Bins at Wholesale Prices

For information on the bins we have available at the Pleasantview Drop-off Center, click here.

Drop-off Food Scraps for Composting


  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat, fish, & bones
  • Milk & cheese
  • Pasta, bread, & rice
  • Beans
  • Nuts and nut shells
  • Paper napkins & paper plates
  • Greasy paper bags and pizza box liners

But NO:

  • Plastic items unless they are specifically labelled “BPI certified compostable”
  • No twist ties
  • No stickers or labels
  • No wrappers
  • No frilled toothpicks


Pleasantview Drop-off Center

  • All Year Round
  • Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00
  • Saturday 8:00-3:00

2024 Farmers Markets

  • Harbor Springs Farmers Market:
    • May 25 - October 19
    • Wednesday & Saturday
    • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Facebook
    • Call 231-881-1863
  • Petoskey Farmers Market

Compost for Sale!

Close the loop: give your plants some of the compost produced from area food scraps! Visit our compost page for all the details!

Recycle Cooking Oil and Fats


  • Cooking oil
  • Fat, including raw trimmings
  • Grease from cooking

But NO:

Motor oil, lubricating greases



  1. Collect your fats, oil and greases in an unbreakable container with a lid
  2. Once the container is full, bring it to the Drop-off Center
  3. Empty the contents into the black cooking oil recycling bin
  4. Take the container home to reuse, or recycle it


Cooking oil and grease are accepted at the Pleasantview Drop-off Center in the black bin near the drop site and food scraps.